Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The month of October is nationally recognized as

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.

domestic-violence-stopEvery 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.  On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.  The statistics on domestic violence are alarming, and easy to forget and/or ignore if it’s not happening to you or someone you know.  Many times even when we or someone we know are affected by domestic violence we remain silent.  Silence due to fear, shame, or hopelessness is understandable; however, we owe it to ourselves, our children, and our community to speak up.  Domestic Violence Awareness is about letting victims know that they are not alone, that we as a community care, and there are people and resources available to help make the transition from victim to survivor.

A couple of months ago, a young lady sent me an email asking me what she needed to do to get a restraining order against her abusive boyfriend.  I didn’t have an answer at the time; however, my goal is to enlighten and empower our viewers.  So what I didn’t know, I found out and produced a show entitled “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Restraining Orders.”  I spoke to victims, survivors, community leaders, and subject matter experts to provide informational guidance to our viewers.  While laws vary from state to state, and the information provided should not be substituted for legal advice I have compiled local (Charlotte, NC) and national resources for victims, survivors, and their children.  Please go to our resources tab and select Domestic Violence for more information.

I’ve lost 3 friends to domestic violence.  There is no power in silence.  Say something, do something…before it’s too late!

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